Ralph that is looking cheap, I suppose you are saying leuprolide (Lupron et al) is $9 per mg needed and the kind of doseages alot of us get are these: 3.75 or 7.5 mg
Here are some prices at www.northdrugstore.com
* (Canada but in USA dollars, shipping add $10 or so)
Generic Lupron (just found it there) 3.75 mg= $165 (might be unique to Canada?)
Lupron 3.75 mg (1) injectable in USA dollars= $199 at
Lupron 3.75 mg (3) injectables " "" ' = $525 (savings if you buy 3)
Lupron 7.5 mg (3) injectables " " = $899 ($300 each for 7.5 mg)
(* prices quoted are 1-2 years old and might have gone up some or down, go to website and confirm if you wish)
Compare those to your local uro-doc, of course they include installation in the office (-:
maybe you are billed $2500-3500 per shot, maybe more if they are luckier (smells profittable). Seems zoladex is billed lower many times, not to many are using zoladex these days, just a coincidence??? Or better sales reps for Lupron??? How many or few are told casodex+proscar is held about equal in effectiveness to Lupron+casodex, for non refractive patients (like closer to Hormone naivee patients)??? Or that Casodex+ proscar is likely more powerful than Lupron alone, in the same type of patients (this is based upon comparative conjecture perhaps).
Casodex (same Canada source) : Generic biclutamide= 50 mg- 84 count= $125
Generic avodart= .5 mg 100 count= $99 (real AVodart= $145 for 90 count)
Dr. Wheeler reported in a large multi-instututional report found that: LHRH+Flutamide (Lupron+ Casodex) found about equal in results on PCa disease in non refractive patients...(Flutamide+Finasteride) or Casodex+ Proscar found with about equal results. Page B24 in Dr. Strum's book (SAB=sequential androgen blockage)
Now do some math and compare protocols costs? Now know too that around 55% of the men on casodex can have a sex life( P. B24) and overall some lesser side effects and hugely lower expenses or costs (less profits are very noticeable). Just an observation probably doesn't mean anything. Yes this can be argued and abstracts can be thrown around, you can still consider this and consider whom the opposing abstract are from directly or indirectly. You can disregard it all, whatever...I just want to point out what you can look at and think about. Maybe you were not informed about all your choices? There are still others never mentioned to patients...nothing like limited disclosures to make sure patients don't have much say in the money making processes of PCa...(Bob)...you are nasty for mentioning such things...yeah I am cashin' in on patients, too (lol).
Zytiga (Abiraterone) is not there at the website in Canada, yet and some others n/a.
Post Edited (zufus) : 5/10/2011 4:40:30 AM (GMT-6)